Free varicose vein screening in Brooklyn
Staten Island University Hospital vascular specialists Dr. Kuldeep Singh, Dr. Jonathan Schor and Dr. Jonathan Deitch are holding a free varicose vein screening at their Brooklyn offices on Thursday, April 19 from 1 to 6 p.m.
Many people suffer from varicose veins; however, some people are particularly prone to developing them, Dr. Singh, who is a vascular surgery specialist, explained. For example, pregnancy or obesity adds pressure in the abdominal area, causing reflux of blood that pools in the leg instead of flowing freely to the heart.
There are two reasons to treat varicose veins. One is cosmetic: the veins can cause unsightly bulges on the legs and the blood components seeping out of the veins can leak onto the skin, causing discoloration. The other is for medical issues. Over time, the skin can erode and cause irritation or ulcers around the ankle that can be difficult to heal.
The symptoms are not hard to miss. Crampy, heavy legs at the end of the day, especially for people who are on their feet most of the time, Dr. Singh said. There may be pain in the area where the bulges are as they start to walk, which is another reason to treat it.